Single duty resistance : KSRTC announces indefinite strike from Oct 2

Thiruvananthapuram : KSRTC staff have announced an indefinite strike from midnight of October 2, to protest what has been described as unfriendly management policies The woes mostly centers around the single duty system implemented this month.

Employee representatives said the decision came after discussions with transport minister AK Saseendran failed to make headway.

Pestered by frequent accidents that crossed 750 this year alone resulting in over 94 deaths, KSRTC enforced the single-duty system  from 1 September.

The jolt came after accident in Kollam’s Ithikara where both driver and conductor were killed after the bus crashed into a truck early morning 6 am. Exhaustion and sleep from the shift that began previous night at 9 pm, were determined as cause in that fatal mishap.

The single duty system involving driver-cum-conductor method had been recommended by High Court in it’s order earlier this month. The move has not however gone down well with the employees .

Post the announcement of strike, representatives have also called off a meeting slated with MD Tomin Thachankary – the officer credited with introduction of single duty system.

 

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